LAKELAND, Fla. -- One of the last bastions of packaged produce is finally going bulk. Publix Super Markets here is shifting the merchandising strategy in its produce departments to include more bulk produce -- a major move for the nation's 11th largest retailer, which for decades has bucked industry trends by continuing to sell most of its produce in bags or on overwrapped trays. The change is being driven by consumer demand, according to a local observer. The chain is "offering customers ...
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